to the huge popularity of Wyenot.com, it has been suggested
to me on a number of occasions recently by various viewers
that I should start a similar thing for other towns and
even on a nation-wide basis. I would just like to point
out why I do not intend to do this . . .
reason Wyenot.com is doing so well is because it is not
run by a huge 'nine to five' organization. Without the
slightest exaggeration, I personally dedicate every
minute of my waking existence to maintaining it. This
time includes taking photographs, (sometimes waiting around
in the cold, rain or at a function for several hours for
the precise moment to catch just one shot) writing the
articles and programming the html code, not to mention
researching by reading in bed and even dreaming about
it once I have fallen asleep.
started Wyenot.com out of a genuine love for Ross-on-Wye
and the local area and if I were to start another web
site, about Scunthorpe for example, it would considerably
dilute the time I am able to spend on Wyenot.com. (Not
to mention that I would have to find out whether Scunthorpe
really exists, and if so, where it is.) I
am sorry but, as much as I would love to, I just do not
have the time to create a similar web site about anywhere
else without letting this one lapse into obscurity.
few facts about Wyenot.com:
began taking the first photographs for Wyenot during April
2000, during the last month of my thirty year employment
period with the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office. (Apart
from a short break during the early seventies, I had been
with 'EIO' since leaving school in 1970, starting work
for them at Aldwych House, The Strand, London. I left
and then went back.) The idea of photographing Ross in
detail came to me whilst walking on the banks of the river
with Tina and my three children, Matt, Chris and Sarah.
dreamed up the idea of adding the regular 'Wyenot News'
magazine to this web site whilst soaking in the bath during
the early hours of the morning on Monday 12th July 2004.
During its first week, Wyenot News became the third most
visited area of the web site.
I had a just a penny for every 'hit' on Wyenot.com since
it first began, I would be a multimillionaire by now but
would still work on keeping the web site maintained (albeit
from a private island, somewhere in the South Pacific)!
its first week on line, Wyenot.com had less than a hundred
visits but this week, according to statistics from Alexa.com,
following a climb of 924,967 places during the past three
months Wyenot.com is currently the 612,427th most visited
internet domain in the whole world.
am hoping that eventually, one or more of my three children
will join me in maintaining Wyenot in readiness
for that moment when 'The Reaper' comes to call.
I am not banking on it though because my dad wanted me
to follow in his footsteps and become a naval architect.
(I thought he meant 'navel architect' and did try to
learn but I was no good at tying knots.)